Six Word Saturday…A Video Montage

Hello there! I’m joining Cate for Six Word Saturday!  My six words for this Saturday are:

Sharing  what  Madison  did  last  Saturday!

In case you don’t remember, we attended the annual “Rattlesnake Roundup” last Saturday because our granddaughter, Madison, participated in the parade and festival with her dance class.  We took lots of photos, and a little bit of video.  I’ve put it all together in a montage, which I am going to share with you now! 

Oh, by the way, I learned that 102 rattlesnakes were captured in our area, and turned in for this year’s Rattlesnake Roundup!  In my research, I learned that the largest amount of rattlesnakes ever captured(in 44 years), and turned in at Claxton’s Roundup was 588!  Yikes!  

Published in: on March 19, 2011 at 8:11 am  Comments (6)  

Flashback Friday… About My Pets

 Hey guys, we have a guest hostess for today’s Flashback!  BP over at Raindrops and Rainbows will be filling in for Linda today.  If you’d like to join in the fun, just click her link!  We’re going to be reminising about our pets of the past…

Let me begin by saying I didn’t have a lot of pets while growing up, but I have more than made up for it as an adult–but more on that in a moment. 

My earliest pet memory is from when I was about age eight.  I remember we had a little black, shaggy dog named Sheba.  I don’t know what kind of dog Sheba was, but I’m guessing she was a mix of some kind of terrier, poodle, or something along those lines.  I remember Sheba getting “distemper”, and being very sick. 

I have a few more memories of Sheba, including the fact that she moved from Florida to Georgia with us.  Those were some turbulent times for my family, and my parents could hardly take care of themselves and me, much less a pet.  I didn’t know it at the time, but my dad got a friend to take Sheba to another town, about 2o miles away.  It took her over three weeks, but Sheba eventually found her way back home to us!  I remember going outside to walk to school, and there stood Sheba to greet me!  We kept her for a year or so after that, but eventually Sheba was given away again.  I used to think about her a lot, and wonder if she had a good life.  It was a long time before we got another pet.

The other pet that stands out in my mind was a Siamese cat whom we named Cleopatra Fontaine, thanks to my older brother’s suggestion!  I was a teenager when she entered our lives.  Cleo, as we called her for short, just wandered up to our house one day, and never left.  We lived pretty close to a motel, and we often wondered if she’d escaped from someone staying at the motel. 

Cleo was a beautiful cat, but she meowed all the time– and it was one of those annoying Siamese meows!  Cleo was a female cat, and like all female cats do–she blessed us with several litters of kittens.  Never once did Cleo give birth to a kitten that even remotely resembled her!  Her kittens looked like every tom cat in the neighborhood!  I married and moved away, leaving Cleo behind with my parents.

While I didn’t have an abundance of childhood pets, I’ve had more than my fair share as an adult.  I am a true animal lover!  As a married adult, my first pet was a gray tabby cat named “BB”.  I considered BB to be my first child, and she was treated like one!  Some cats are “special”, and BB was one of those.  I wrote an entire post about BB here. 

Over the years, our family has adopted nine dogs, four rabbits, five parakeets, two hamsters, a guinea pig, two hermit crabs, and too many cats and kittens to count!  Below are a few pictures of some of our family’s pets through the years…sadly, all of these pets passed away a long time ago.

In the photos you will see “Sandy”, our first child’s first dog, “BJ”, the furry black dog from hell, “Sadie”, our third dog, “Tazz”, my dalmatian–and our only dog with a pedigree, “Pussy Willow”, the dark gray kitty who could climb trees, but couldn’t ever get back down, and “Miss Kitty” a stray who adopted us as her family when her previous family moved. 

Notice the photo of “Sparky” the blue parakeet visiting with the guinea pig named “Scooter”.  The two of them were actually friends, and Sparky could talk!  Sparky was a smart little bird, and he would sit on Scooter’s cage, and say “Hey, Scooter Pig!”  It was hilarious! 

Out of the five parakeets that we’ve had, only two have been trained to talk.  “Tweety”, the parakeet that we have now can talk, but I didn’t train him, so I can’t understand what he’s saying.  I gave him a home after a co-worker found him sitting under her car port, and couldn’t find his owner.  Her husband caught him by putting his cap over him!  I’ve had Tweety Bird for over six years.

Tweety Bird

Our rabbits are over six years old, too.  The white one, named “Sugar Pie”, was a discarded Easter pet that I rescued from our local animal shelter.  “Honey Bun”, the brown Holland lop, was a gift from a friend who breeds show rabbits.  My husband has them very fat and spoiled!  Sugar Pie uses her litter box faithfully, while Honey Bun chooses to use a certain section of his cage for his bathroom!

Sugar Pie

Honey Bun

Speaking of our local shelter, I used to volunteer there on a regular basis–until I kept trying to rescue all of the pets on “death row”.  Eventually I had to give it up–but not before I adopted five dogs, a rabbit, and about nineteen cats and kittens!

These days,some of our pet population has dwindled due to age.  Two dogs have died of old age, since they were old when I adopted them, while a third had to be euthanized due to a health issue which couldn’t be cured.  I currently have two dogs, and fourteen cats left–plus the rabbits and parakeet.  All of my cats and dogs are outside pets, with the exception of “Bobs”, my “special needs” kitty.  She’s inside and outside, depending on how her behavior is!  Bobs is so special, it took a three part post to tell her story!  Trust me, it’s a doozie! 

Now you know all about my pets–past and present!  I told you I had a lot of them…

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Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 8:04 am  Comments (3)  

Think Back Thursday…Dancing Days

Watching our granddaughter, Madison, participating in activities with her dance class last weekend, took me back to another time and place in my life.  Watching my daughter scurrying around, doing all of the preparations reminded me of myself about twenty-seven years ago.  Seeing Madison participate in her first parade, reminded me of when my own children participated in their first parades. 

Later that day, on Saturday afternoon, we went to “The Roundup” to watch Madison dance for the first time.  The first little group of the tiniest dancers came up on stage to perform their very first dance for the public.  The place was hot and crowded with scores of parents, grandparents, and other on-lookers. 

The tiny dancers were simply adorable.  They were dressed in red and black, like little lady bugs, complete with little bobbing antennas on their little heads.  A few seconds into their dance, I looked on the back row of dancers, and saw this…

and the sight of this little girl really took me back in time!  This scene looked very familiar to me.  I’d seen it before!

The year was 1983, and I was the mother of two–a five-year-old, and a one-year-old.  It was the month of May, and our family was at “The Sweet Onion Festival” preparing to watch our little daughter dance in public for the first time…

We’d already participated in the parade, rushed to get dressed, and fought our way through the crowds to get to the stage at the back of the festival–with our two children in tow!  I can still see Brandy dressed in her adorable red and white striped costume.  I can still see scores of parents, grandparents, and on-lookers all sitting and standing around waiting to watch the show…

Soon it came time for Brandy’s class to perform their little dance…but Brandy took one look at all of those people crowded around that concrete stage, waiting to watch the show, and she dug her heels in like a stubborn mule, and refused to move!  No amount of begging or pleading could convince her to even set foot on that stage!  Her hands went up to her face, and she looked exactly like the little girl in the photo above.  So we went home–without dancing.

It just so happened that Brandy’s dance recital was held about two weeks after that incident at “The Sweet Onion Festival”.  My husband and I discussed it ahead of time, and came up with a plan that we hoped would work.  It took a little backstage persuasion from my husband.  He did something he rarely did, he threatened to spank her.  Brandy went out on stage, and performed in the recital that night–not once, but twice! 

I realize that our backstage persuasion may be controversial to some, but Brandy was so proud of herself  after she danced in the recital!  She just needed a little  help to get her started, and we provided that help.  She went on to dance in many public performances in the years that followed, and actually danced a duet with her best friend in her final recital!  She never needed any kind of persuasion again.  It was a wonderful ending to a rather rocky beginning of Brandy’s dancing days!

I’ll be rooting for the little girl in the photo on recital night.  I hope she’ll be able to get a handle on her stage fright, and show us that pretty little face behind those hands!  I hope her story will have a wonderful ending, too.  If not, there’s always next year…

Published in: on March 17, 2011 at 9:38 am  Comments (3)  
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Wednesday Hodgepodge…and All Things Green

It’s time for Joyce’s Wednesday Hodgepodge! You know the drill, answer Joyce’s weekly questions, then share your answers! I love Joyce’s questions–so here they are:

1. What would you do if you found a pot of gold? Let’s pretend this pot of gold is worth exactly $1500 (which would actually be more like a cup of gold at current values). Anyway, let’s also pretend you have to spend it as opposed to making a donation someplace. Now tell me what you would do with that cup pot of gold?    
I think I would pay off debt with my 1500 dollars.  1500 dollars would just about pay off the balance of our new heating and air conditioning system, and knock out another debt!
 
2. Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in any way, shape, or form? 
 About 55 miles east of us, in Savannah, Goergia, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal!  They go “all out” in celebration of St. Pat’s Day–including a giant parade!  Here in Gooseneck,–not so much!  I have St. Patrick’s Day decorations in the living room, and kitchen (because I decorate for every holiday), and I will wear green on that day, but that’s about the extent of my celebration.
 
3. Have you been bitten by the Spring Cleaning bug? What spring cleaning job most needs doing at your house? What spring cleaning job are you most dreading?  We’ve been working outside in the yard getting it cleaned up from winter.  Next we’ll paint the outside steps and porches.  Inside,  I need to clean out some closets/drawers, inside of cabinets,  and do some cleaning in high places–like ceiling fans, and on top of kitchen cabinets.  I don’t like to climb, so I dread that the most.
 
4. Lime-shamrock-sage-forest…your favorite shade of green?  Hmmm…green is not my favorite color, but I tend to lean toward the lighter shades of it, like lime or sage. 
 
5. Thomas Jefferson once said, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” So…do you believe in luck or do you believe we make our own luck?  Ah, here it is–the thought-prokoking question!  I do believe that luck and circumstance plays a huge part in our beginning position in life, but I also believe we can improve our chances/positions with hard work in most cases.  I hope my answer makes sense.  The movie “In Pursuit of Happiness” comes to mind.  I love that true story!
 
6. Monday (3/14) was Pi Day. Get it? Pi =3.14. Those math types are so clever aren’t they? Since I’m not one of them tell me what’s your favorite piE (the edible kind).  That’s a tough question for a pie-lover!  Pecan, lemon, coconut, egg custard, chocolate silk…I love them all, but I’ll say pecan!
7. That same date (3/14) happens to be the birthdate of the late physicist Albert Einstein. I bet he knew the value of Pi. So…what do you think is more important and or valuable in life… intelligence or common sense?  Without a doubt, common sense!  All of the intelligence in the world can’t help, if you don’t have enough common sense to know how to use your intelligence properly.
 
Random:  I’m going to share a few of the  St. Patrick’s Day decorations that I’ve enjoyed collecting over the years…I’ll begin with the “year-round tree” that is all decked out in green!  Beside the tree you will see my St. Patrick’s Day tea set, along with some St. Patrick’s Day angels and teddy bears…

Next is the other side of the entertainment center, with all of the content on the shelves…

Last, are some smaller photos of other shelves in the living room…kinda’ makes you want to say “Erin Go Bragh”, doesn’t it?

 I guess you have figured out by now that I love collecting seasonal things and decorating with them. It’s a hobby that I began many years ago…  It all began when I worked at school, and holidays were such a “big deal”…You could say, I brought my work home with me! 

By the way, my blogiversary giveaway is still in process. If you’d like to be entered, just let me know in a comment. More details can be found by clicking HERE.  It’s a box filled with some of “my favorite things”…

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Published in: on March 16, 2011 at 8:50 am  Comments (14)  
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A Random Ride~~On Tuesday’s Train…

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Yeah, it’s Tuesday, and it’s a time when I’m going to be totally random, because I feel like I’ve been hit by Tuesday’s Train!  You may be wondering why in the world would Kathy would be feeling like a train wreck these days…No?  Well, I’ll tell you anyway!

First of all,  the bad news, devastation, and drama unfolding in Japan is a real downer.  I feel awful for those poor people, and their families!  The problems just never seem to end for them!  I haven’t even turned on the television yet, but when I went to bed they were dealing with another explosion at a power plant–and you know that can’t be good!  My husband works in the radiology department of a hospital, and we have a pretty good idea of the dangers posed by radiation!  When you work behind lead-lined walls, wear lead-lined aprons, and have to wear a badge which measures the amount of radiation you’re exposed to each month–you know it’s serious stuff!

Then, due to a lot of outdoor activities (parade, festival, yardwork), and absolutely gorgeous weather this past weekend, I received more than my quota of sunshine!  The sun does terrible things to me when I stay outside too much at one time.  Part of it is due to the auto immune disease, the other is due to the medications that I take to control the disease.  By Sunday night, I felt physically ill.  My joints began to ache, my body felt sick.  Add to that, my itchy, burning ears from sunburn!  I’m feeling better today, but I’ll have to limit my time outdoors, until this passes, which is really hard because the weather is still drop-dead gorgeous here–sunny and highs near 80!

Next, did anyone happen to watch The Bachelor last night?  I had sworn off that crazy show, but was drawn back in by Brad Womack.  I wanted to see  him find happiness!  Man, I was totally caught off guard by his choice for a bride!!!  I was totally prepared for him to choose Chantal, then he goes and chooses Emily!  What???  Then to find out at during the After the Final Rose show that he and Emily are already having problems was just more than my aching head could stand…It seems that Emily had a few issues on Monday nights watching Brad get so “up close and personal” with all of those other girls!  Well, I certainly can’t blame her for that–cause I was sure he was sold on Chantal!!!

Then there is the little matter of  trying to plan this year’s vacation, with a family wedding in the same month!  My husband and I always take our vacation on or around June 18 because that’s our wedding anniversary.  We’ve done this for the past thirty-something years.  This year, Brad and Jennifer are getting married on June 25, exactly one week after our anniversary.  What’s the big deal?  Well,  it takes me a few days to “get over” a vacation.  I come home feeling tired and worn out–and sick from the sun.  (I usually come home broke, too!)   I’m also planning to cook and serve  the rehearsal supper myself, on June 24, so I’m not so sure about having a wedding and a vacation during the same month, much less within a week of each other!  My head is aching just thinking about it!

The next two months around here are going to be mega busy.  Granddaughter, Madison, is going to be in a wedding on April 2.  Then she has a dance recital coming up, and her closing ceremony at “Wee Ones”.  Easter will be “sandwiched” somewhere in between…and then there will also be some showers for Jennifer and Brad…Lots of activities!  Excuse me while I go find the bottle of Excedrin!

Published in: on March 15, 2011 at 10:03 am  Comments (9)  

Meet Me On Monday…To Talk About Snakes

 

Happy Monday, everybody!  Are you awake?  I’m still trying to adjust to the time change here…I don’t like it when I lose an hour of my weekend 😦   Short weekend or not,  it’s time to join Java for “Meet Me On Monday”once again.  It’s our chance to get to know each other a little better–and it’s fun! 

Here are Java’s questions: 

1. Do you have a fireplace in your home?  Yes, we have an electric fireplace, that’s part of our  television stand.  We got it right before Christmas, and if you remember, my husband and son damaged the top of it while assembling the thing, so my husband had to order a replacement top!

the new fireplace/stand--with the new top on it

2. Can you drive a stick shift?  Yes, I can drive one, but not very well.  I can take off okay, and shift through the gears, but I have a hard time down shifting, and slowing down.  I DO NOT enjoy driving a stick shift! 

 

3. How many computers are in your home?  We have two computers, a desk top and a lap top, and I use both of them every day.

4. Are your taxes done yet? Do you do them yourself?  Yes, our taxes are done, and we are expecting a refund 🙂  My husband does our taxes every year.


5. What is your favorite meal of the day?  My favorite meal of the day is the evening meal, known here in the south as “supper”.  This is because it’s also our largest meal of the day.  Breakfast is usually cereal, and lunch is usually a sandwich.  I usually cook meat and vegetables for supper.

About those snakes…this past weekend happened to be the weekend of the  44 th annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Claxton, Georgia.  The Rattlesnake Roundup consists of a parade, and two days of arts, crafts, and entertainment–and lots and lots of rattlesnakes!  I DO NOT like snakes of any kind, but the idea behind the roundup is to help control the rattlesnake population, and to use the snake’s venom to make anti-venom, so it’s all for a good cause.   The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the occasion!   Sunny, and temperatures in the low to mid seventies!  People turned out in droves!

granddaughter, Madison, dancing at the festival

We hadn’t attended the roundup festivities in several years, but we attended did this year because our granddaughter participated in the parade, and her dance class provided entertainment at the festival.  I can’t believe how fast she’s growing up, and we enjoyed watching her having fun!

Uh oh!  I almost forgot to post that my blogiversyary give away is still going on, if you’d like to enter.  Just let me know you’d like to participate.  The giveaway is for a dozen of my favorite things, including several Bath and Bodyworks products!  If you’d like the complete list, click HERE.

Published in: on March 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm  Comments (11)  
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Six Word Saturday…March 12

My six words for today are:  Going  to  the  Rattlesnake  Roundup  Parade!

Yes, you read that correctly…I said “Rattlesnake Roundup” Parade!  We tend to celebrate some unusual things here in the south, don’t we?

The Rattlesnake Roundup Queen

I retired from going to the snake roundup festivites many years ago, soon after our children got too old to care about such things.  Now I’m a grandma, and that changes things… 

This year I’m coming out of retirement because our granddaughter is participating in the parade with her dance class.  She’s only four, and it’s her first time getting to march in a parade–except she won’t be marching, she’ll be riding in her wagon–in the Rattlesnake Roundup Parade!  Sounds like fun to me, except for the one pulling the wagon!  She will also  be performing a dance routine later in the day at the Rattlesnake Roundup.  What an action-packed day! 

Have a great weekend everybody!  As for me, I guess I’ll be hanging out with those rattlesnakes 🙂

Thanks to Cate for hosting SWS each Saturday!  Oh!  If you haven’t entered my blogiversary giveaway, and you would like to, just leave me a comment telling me that you want to enter!  More details can be found HERE.  Remember, you can also enter more than one time!

Published in: on March 12, 2011 at 8:46 am  Comments (18)  

Flashback Friday…Physical Education In a Not-So-Physical Family!


When I saw Linda’s topic of choice today, I almost didn’t participate! Why, you might ask? Because I only have one thing to say about PE in school…YUK!  However, I’m a good sport, and I do have at least one funny tale to tell concerning PE, so here goes…

I remember having lots of recesses during grades one through six, and during the earliest of those years I remember having to play organized games like “Red Rover” or Dodge Ball during recess…I also remember I HATED playing those stupid games. I didn’t enjoy anything that made me run or sweat–and I haven’t changed my mind in the fifty-something years since those days!

We didn’t start having actual PE until I reached the seventh grade. It was then I realized that I was in big trouble! Push ups, chin ups, sit ups, running laps, and playing ball!!!  Oh nooooo… Remember, I hate anything that makes me run or sweat!!!  Somehow, I endured two years of that pure hell  torture, otherwise known as Physical Education, wondering all the while why I needed to be educated physically! 

I never was able to do a chin up, and I refused to play soft ball after I got hit in the nose with the ball!  I decided the coach could just fail me before I’d play soft ball again.  I was stubborn even back then!  However, I did manage to do the sit ups, push ups, and run the laps…again I say, YUK!  What’s to like about running until you want to puke? 

Oh, and did I mention that we had to “dress out” for PE?  We had to  bring shorts and a shirt from home to wear during that hour of torture  , I mean physical education!  Putting the clothes on wasn’t bad, but taking them off while all sweaty (remember I hate to sweat), and having to put your  clean school clothes back on was disgusting!

If you flash forward about 15 years from my days in seventh and eighth grade hell PE, you would meet my daughter, Brandy.  She appeared to be a lot like her mother–in more ways than her appearance!  Brandy had the misfortune of having to begin physical torture education in Kindergarten, and she hated it twice as much as I ever did!  Now bear in mind, I never told this child my dislike of sweaty, physical things–otherwise known as PE, but she had somehow inherited her own dislike of such things!  The poor thing found herself having to endure hell PE all the way from Kindergarten through the tenth grade–thanks to that President’s Physical Fittness Program!  Again, I say, YUK!  Brandy was no fool though, she constantly found excuses to avoid sweaty, physical activities such as running laps…and I didn’t blame her one bit!  In her final years of PE, she discovered she could clean up around the gym to escape the torture, and finally came the option to became a student aid for a pre-k class!  Yay, she was free of PE at last!!!

Flash forward six years after daughter, Brandy, and you would meet our second son, Brad.  He seemed to have inherited that same hatred of all most things physical–especially running laps!  Again I ask, who wants to run until they feel the need to puke?  Brad liked sports, he just didn’t care for the training part, so he didn’t participate much in sports! 

Brad apparently inherited some of his older sister’s saviness!  At one point during his school career, after realizing that girls wearing pumps were exempt from running,  Brad actually borrowed and wore a pair of his sister’s white dress pumps to school, in order to avoid running one day!  It worked!  He still fondly recalls one of his teachers looking down at his feet clad in those women’s shoes, and remarking, “Don’t you know that you’re not supposed to wear white pumps after Labor Day?”  Brandy fondly recalls that her white pumps never fit quite right after that day…

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Published in: on March 11, 2011 at 9:05 am  Comments (6)  
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Thinking Back This Thursday…About Wigs!

me wearing a friend's wig

Who remembers the crazy wig fad of the 70’s?  I do, I do!  When I was in the eleventh grade a million years ago back in 1971, a lady in our little town, by the name of Margie, decided to open up a wig shop.  Suddenly, all of the girls began to buy and wear her wigs!

Of course it was the seventies, so most of my friends had long hair.  Of course, we always want what we don’t have, so most of us bought short wigs.  A few girls with shorter hair bought the longer hair pieces known as “falls”.

me without a wig

 

Now wearing a wig turned out to be a great way to avoid having to wash and style my hair on a daily basis, but it was no easy task to get that wig on my head!  First of all, I had to twist my very long hair up, and pin it to the crown of my head–with a ton of bobbie pins!  Then came the wig cap, which was essentially the thigh section of a ladies stocking with a knot in the end of it!  (Wow, ladies stockings–now there’s a blast from the past!  Remember those garter belt thingies?  Oh my!)  Anyway, last came the wig, which I had to get straight on my head, then secure  with more bobbie pins.  After all of this, I had to brush and style the wig!  After that, I was good to go–but there is a “down side” to wearing a wig…

The inside of a wig is made of elastic to make it fit snug, and not come off.  That snug-fitting wig, and a snug-fitting wig cap, on top of a wad of tightly wound hair filled with bobbie pins is a “sure-fire” recipe for a headache!  After wearing that wig all day, I could almost hear my head sighing with relief at the end of the day when everything was removed!  Oh the things we endure in the name of fashion and vanity!

A little while after my husband and I were married, a new hair style became popular.  It was a longer version of the shag haircut, made popular by Farrah Fawcett…remember Farrah’s “do”?  Oh how I loved her layered tresses of wavy hair!  Of course my hair was long, straight, and “baby fine”–not  suitable for the “Farrah do”.  My solution?  I bought another wig, of course, in a long, wavy, layered style!  I still remember my husband and I having a huge argument when I wanted to buy that wig…He gave in.

Nearly forty years later, I still have, what I now consider to be, that ridiculous shaggy wig!  That thing’s been used several times over the years by first one person, then another, as part of their Halloween costume.

the wig...son dressed as "Samson" for Fall Fun Night

  One of our sons actually  wore the wig in a couple of school/civic functions, too!  I must say, when I bought the wig, I never dreamed a future son of mine would ever wear be wearing it!  I have a photo of him dressed up as a ” Spice Girl”–but I’d better not share that one.  I chose to share the one of him dressed as “Samson”, instead. 

I actually have a photo of my husband wearing a friend’s blonde, curly wig, too!  He put it on and had his picture made as a joke.  Then he sent it to me from Okinawa while he was in the army.  It was a hoot!  I guess you could say we’re just a bit “wiggy” around here! 

Speaking of wigs and Halloween…apparently even my mother-in-law got in on the wig fad!  I never realized this until she showed up at our Halloween Party in 1980–wearing a blonde wig!  Who knew that she thought blondes had more fun?!

How about you, have you ever worn a wig?  Have you ever wanted to?  Are you a bit “wiggy”, too?!

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Published in: on March 10, 2011 at 10:08 am  Comments (11)  
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Wednesday Hodgepodge…Mardi Gras Style

Joyce never ceases to amaze me with her creativity!   I always look forward to seeing what questions she comes up with, and she’s always so knowledgeable about so many things!  If you haven’t joined in the Hodgepodge yet, you really should give it a try.  Just click on Joyce’s cute little button to find out how! 

Here are Joyce’s question for this week:

1. The season of Lent begins on March 9th this year…do you participate and if so, in what way?  Well, since I had to google Lent to see what it is–apparently our church doesn’t participate…it must not be a Baptist thing.

2. Traditionally pancakes are eaten on the day known as Shrove Tuesday which is the last day before Lent (March 8th this year). So….butter and syrup? Blueberry? Chocolate chip? ewww, no thanks!! What’s your pleasure when it comes to eating pancakes?  Oh, Joyce is giving me quite an education this week!  I’ve never heard of this tradition either!  I do like pancakes though.  I like plain ones with butter and syrup–but not maple syrup.  I occasionally eat blueberry pancakes, too.
3. Spring is coming. (It is coming, right?) What’s your favorite springtime flower and do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Two questions I know, but they’re lightweights.  My favorite springtime flowers are azaleas.  Here in the south, everyone has azaleas planted in their yards.  They will grow almost anywhere, and they really brighten up the yard while they are in bloom!

me in front of one of our very old azaleas

I never used to have allergies, but I seem to have become allergic to pine trees sometime during the past few years.  That’s not a good thing since we are surrounded by pine trees!
4. “Our opinion of people depends less upon what we see in them than upon what they make us see in ourselves.” Author unknown. Agree or Disagree? Why?  I both disagree and agree with this statement because it just depends…on whether it’s a stranger, casual acquaintance or a close friend or family member that we are referring to as “people”.  Does that make any sense???  That’s a DEEP one, Joyce, and I just can’t ponder on it anymore today…
 
5. Since it’s “March” and also the season of Mardi Gras….have you ever been in a parade? What’s the best parade you’ve seen?  I remember being in a homecoming parade while I was in high school.  Some club that I was in had a float, or a truck or something that I rode on… a long time ago!  The best parade I’ve ever seen was the Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World–and that was 30 years ago!
6. You would jump up and down and shout for joy right now if someone told you___________?  That I had won Publisher’s Clearing House!  It would take something that drastic to get me to jump up and down…and yes, I actually did enter this year…LOL
7. How clean is your car on the outside? Inside? Is there junk in your trunk?  My black car is VERY DIRTY.  It looks dirty even after being washed–that’s the down side of having a black vehicle!  The inside of my car is somewhat dirty, but not as dirty as the outside.  I ALWAYS have some kind of junk in my trunk!

A dozen of my favorite things!

Random:  I’m having a giveaway to celebrate my second blogiversary.  I’m giving away a dozen of my favorite things, and you are all invited to enter!  Just leave me a comment letting me know that you’d like to enter.  To find out more about the giveaway, just click here.
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